State Capitol Roundup
10/18/2013
House Continues to Advance Property Tax Reform Measures

As part of a continuing effort to address property tax relief for Pennsylvania residents, the House unanimously voted this week to send to the Senate two additional property tax reform bills. House Bill 1677 would amend state law regarding limitations on the homestead property exclusion, ensuring the definition of a homestead is in line with language in the Pennsylvania Constitution. House Bill 125 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of the homestead property receiving the exclusion. The House also recently approved House Bill 1189, which gives local school districts the ability to eliminate property taxes in favor of an array of taxing options that best suits the individual needs of residents and students of local school districts. 

Governor Signs Bill to Continue Health Insurance Coverage
for Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Children

Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law this week a bill to extend the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2015. The new law also eliminates the current six-month waiting period before a child can enroll in the program. CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance coverage for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care and much more to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. More than 188,000 children are currently enrolled in CHIP across the Commonwealth. Federal funds pay for approximately two-thirds of the total cost of CHIP. The program, established in 1992, was set to expire Dec. 31 of this year. For more information on CHIP, visit www.ChipCoversPaKids.com.
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